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Poster: dark.starz Date: May 17, 2011 7:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: David Glasser And David Gans Talk Europe '72

Welcome to the future!

What's an LP? What's a CD? Perhaps the "Smithsonian" will have more information on display.

Why filter or process the original audio signal any further than necessary? Perhaps he should be sitting more closely to Jeffrey Norman on the mixdown, yes? Winemakers are sometimes given carte blanche.

If you are aware on Linn hi-fi, you have a good knowledge of audio.

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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: May 18, 2011 9:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: David Glasser And David Gans Talk Europe '72

Re: Welcome to the future! What's an LP? What's a CD? Perhaps the "Smithsonian" will have more information on display. And, why bother storing your Media Files on your computer's Hard Drive?

Agreed -- The Future Is Here! And I don't like the trending that I'm seeing! For example: Anybody remember, years ago, when e-mail accounts were offered as being web-based - for the first time ever? Examples are hotmail, yahoo mail, google mail, etc. Before this, all of our ISPs offered email accounts as part of an array of bundled services. Now we're fighting to maintain Net Neutrality. Forget about getting "an array of bundled services" these days from your ISP.

What do some of you guys think about this trending?

Amazon launches online media storage service ahead of Apple, Google

By Alex Pham
Los Angeles Times
Posted: 03/29/2011 08:53:31 AM PDT

LOS ANGELES -- Amazon catapulted ahead of its digital music competitors by launching a music locker service late Monday.

The service, called Amazon Cloud Player, lets users upload their music to an Amazon server and play songs from any Web browser or by using an application on mobile phones or tablets that use Google's Android operating system.

Apple and Google are rumored to be building similar services but have not yet launched them. Apple's plans, which observers have dubbed SkyTunes, would involve the company's existing MobileMe cloud service.

MobileMe lets users upload documents and access them from any Web browser, but it does not currently let users play music files. Apple has been negotiating with music labels and publishers to obtain the licenses that would allow music to stream from its servers, according to people at several major record labels.

Apple's plan for a locker service is viewed as a largely defensive maneuver to neutralize Google, which is negotiating with record labels for the licenses it needs to launch a music service for Android devices later this year, according to people knowledgeable about the negotiations.

Amazon's announcement, however, beat both Apple and Google to the punch. And its service appears to be designed to compete aggressively with its slower-moving rivals. Its service gives users, for free, 5 gigabytes of music storage -- the same as the original iPod, which Apple CEO Steve Jobs touted as "1,000 songs in your pocket" when introducing the device in 2001. Customers who buy a digital album from Amazon's online MP3 music store would get 20 gigabytes for free for one year. It's unclear whether Amazon plans to charge for cloud storage after the one-year promotion.

Cupertino-based Apple charges MobileMe users $99 a year for 20 gigabytes of storage.

Amazon also trumps Mountain View-based Google by being first on Google's own Android operating system.

For cloud lockers, there is a slight "first-mover" advantage. Because users must upload their music collections to the locker, a process that can take hours, if not days, they would be hesitant to switch services or subscribe to multiple clouds.

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Poster: duckpond74 Date: May 18, 2011 12:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: David Glasser And David Gans Talk Europe '72

On the Zen level, it can be freeing to have your music collection out of your house or living space, but I guess I'm not ready to give up completely the tactile and visual aspects of my collection.

I also am quite leery about having to pay a regular fee to have access to my tunes. And when camping in remote areas like the boundary waters or the Himalayas . . . with no service, one must still bring a self contained device that can't rely on the web if you want tunes with your wind and bird songs.

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